A Ryanair flight carrying dozens of Irish voters home for the abortion referendum has collided with another plane at London Stansted Airport today.
The wing of Primera flight PF2871 to Malaga clipped the tail of Dublin-bound Ryanair aircraft FR205 as they were both on the taxiway this morning.
Passengers were told by cabin crew that the aircraft had been hit by another plane, with three fire engines racing to the scene in Essex at about 9.15am.
The wing of Primera flight PF2871 to Malaga clipped the tail of Dublin-bound Ryanair FR205
The airport said both planes were required to return to the stand after the ‘airfield incident’
The wing of Primera flight PF2871 to Malaga is inspected by investigators at Stansted today
One passenger, Malena McQuarrie, 23, from Dublin, told the Independent: ‘I’m extremely annoyed, but I hope we’re going to get home in time to vote.
‘Luckily I live by the airport so it’s not so bad for me but some people have to go far into the country. A girl in front of me was saying she has to fly back tonight.’
Genevieve Hulme Beaman, 29, of Dublin, added: My whole reason to get home is to vote, so as long as I get home to vote it’s fine. You can vote until 10pm.
‘I wanted to be there to support the women there, I have a lot of friends who are very emotional today and they could do with the support.’
Investigators take a look at the wingtip of the plan following the collision at Stansted today
Ryanair said the aircraft returned to the stand to be inspected by engineers this morning
Passengers were told by cabin crew that the aircraft had been hit by another plane
An employee stands next to the Primera Air plane after the incident at Stansted this morning
A passenger watches a fire truck arrive at the airport from his window on the plane
The airport said both planes were required to return to the stand after the ‘minor airfield incident’, but no injuries were reported and no evacuation was required.
A spokesman for Stansted added: ‘As a precaution, airfield operations were briefly suspended, but all flights have now resumed.’
A Ryanair spokesman said: ‘One of our aircraft was stationary at the designated holding point on the taxiway at London Stansted Airport this morning when the winglet of a Primera Air aircraft taxiing behind scraped its tail stabiliser.
‘Both aircraft were under the instruction of London Stansted Air Traffic Control at the time. The Ryanair aircraft returned to stand to be inspected by Ryanair engineers.
Three fire engines raced to the scene at the airport in Essex at about 9.15am this morning
Some of the passengers were trying to get to Ireland to vote in the historic referendum today
The wing of Primera flight PF2871 to Malaga clipped the tail of the Ryanair plane
Ryanair passengers are being transfer to a replacement aircraft later today, the airline said
‘To minimise delay, customers will transfer to a replacement aircraft later this morning.’
In Ireland today, voting is under way in a historic referendum as citizens decide whether to liberalise one of Europe’s strictest abortion regimes.
Voters are opting to either retain or repeal the Eighth Amendment of the state’s constitution, which prohibits terminations unless a mother’s life is in danger.
Counting will begin tomorrow morning, with a total of 3.3million citizens registered to vote and 6,500 polling stations open across the country.